Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Let's Start Again Shall We?!

Well my whole Weigh In Wednesday, let's make it public on the blog so that I'll stick to it didn't exactly work out too well for me did it?!
My main and only excuse really is work. I didn't have set days during the Summer months, I was working all over the place, different days and times and honestly I felt some weeks I didn't know whether I was coming or going let alone have time to meal plan and eat properly, it was a shambles really.
Saying that, I hadn't made any great loss or gain, I'd been fluctuating between 1 and 2 pounds...not this morning when I stepped on the scales though, it was a different story and there's 5 pounds of an increase!

So as of last week I am now back to regular days and set hours with an extra day off and I feel much more ready to give myself the time and attention needed to ensure we are all eating better and getting some exercise too. It's the exercise bit that I fall down on though. Sometimes it's so hard of an evening to motivate myself after being at work all day and then getting Luke sorted for bed and doing a quick clean up. Saying that I very rarely sit down in the evenings at home, I'm always pottering around the house so I just need to focus on less pottering and more jumping jacks perhaps?!!

Seriously though, I am turning 30 in January and I want to begin my next decade feeling good about myself and comfortable in my own skin. I want to feel confident in whatever I chose to wear for whatever way I decide to celebrate the big 30. I have gone back to the beginning and have my Slimming World book in my handbag to keep me on track.

So anyway I am only going to check in here monthly because even though I am now more organised and that I still can't commit to posting this update every Wednesday so I shall do so on the first Wednesday of every month. I'll hopefully be able to include some recipes and tips I may have learned during the month.

Who's with me?! C'mon I need to encouragement :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumn Strands

I love the feeling of Autumn especially when living by the sea. There's something refreshing about heading off to the beach or strand when there's a bit of a nip in the air and a gust of wind. I wasn't feeling great over the weekend due to a bug but an hour or so out in the fresh sea air cleared some cobwebs and I felt so much better.
While the clocks haven't gone back just yet, the evenings are starting to get shorter and the darkness is creeping in that bit earlier and there's just something earthly about being out by the sea as the day begins to leave and the evening starts rolling in.

This weekend we made 2 trips to a strand near to my parents house where we strolled along the rocks and Luke was frantic looking for crabs, he didn't find any, but he did find lots of rocks and shells that he had planned on keeping in his bucket but ended up throwing them in the water. He was, as always, accompanied by his big cousin Katie for the weekend.

Thanks to my new camera bag too I was able to bring my "big" camera out and about and know that it was safe along with my other lens that usually get's left at home because it's too big and I'm afraid I'll drop it or something.

While I am surrounded by the sea living on an island and can see Cork harbour from the upstairs of my house, it's different experiencing the sea from the countryside and it's something I really miss since moving out of my parents and into "town". Not to worry too much though as we go there every weekend...and any other day off that I have.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Semolina Biscuits

I love these biscuits, I remember making them as a child with my mother. They are so super easy and quick to make and serve as a nice treat for Luke.


2oz Butter
3oz Caster Sugar
4oz Plain Flour
2oz Semolina
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
5 tblsp Milk (more or less as required)


  • Start off by creaming the sugar and butter together
  • I then added my flour, baking powder and semolina and mixed them altogether until then looked like fine bread crumbs
  • Next up add the milk bit by bit until it forms a stiff paste
  • If mixture is too wet to roll out, wrap in cling film and po in the fridge for 20mins or so which I had to do
  • Preheat your oven at 180degrees (fan oven here)
  • Flour a surface so that you can roll out the mixture, I think I got about 18 biscuits out of mine
  • Bake for 15 mins, I turned my oven down slightly when I put them in 
I left mine to cool and then iced with some yellow icing. They are quite yummy and not as sweet as you'd think and they made for a nice accompaniment to my mid morning cuppa. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Me & Mine September

September is over already, in one way this month ran away with us and in another it crawled by slowly.
There have been some big changes in our household this month, all of which have left us wiped out.

September saw our little guy begin his twice weekly trips to play school. He seems to have settled right in although we had a drop off last week where he became a bit hysterical when I went to leave but I'm hoping it was down to the fact that it was me doing the drop off when so far it had been my mam or the OH. Being at work, I miss some of the drop off's and collection's, honestly it's like a little grey cloud over the wonderful event that is Luke beginning his school life but such is life and unfortunately I have to go out to work and it's a sacrifice I have to make.

The OH also started back at college this month for a year long course that will hopefully get him where he want's to be this time next year.It's been tough getting used to this, as at least 3 mornings a week we all have to be up and out for 8am, the OH heads off to college and I drop Luke to my mam or sister and follow on to work. We are both travelling to city now in the mornings but because the OH generally heads straight to work after college we can't travel together. He's been flat out these past few weeks between work and settling into his new academic routine and we haven't seen much of him but it's all for a better future for all of us. It does mean though that on Tuesdays we have our break at the same time so we get half an hour together and get a coffee and enjoy chatting away from home and toddler free.

We celebrated some family birthdays this month so there has been some birthday cake consumed, none of which is good for my waist line but what the hell!

We also managed a date night this month with dinner and a tickets to see a favourite comedian of ours in Cork Opera House. If you have never heard of Al Porter, check him out, I haven't laughed that much in a long time.

My best friend also had a gorgeous baby girl this month and she is just perfection, so welcome to the world baby Sadie :) (No it didn't make me broody, we are still suffering from sleepless nights here!)

I feel like October will bring some calmness to our lives, although we will still be hectic and hopefully some more positive changes are on their way, I feel like we will be more settled into our new routine.

So here we are in September, tired but happy:

This month Luke loves:
  • One Directions latest song, we listen to it at least 5 times a day
  • Watching Tarzan
  • Climbing trees with his Grandad
This month Dad loves:
  • Starting college
  • Winning a copy of the new Fifa
  • Gloria Jeans White Chocolate Oreo
This month Mum loves:
  • Aromatherapy, I'm building a nice collection of essential oils now
  • Colouring, it's so relaxing
  • Return of X Factor

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Local Surroundings

We often take for granted what is right on our door step, forget to appreciate the surroundings we are in every day, focus on the negative rather than the many positives and I find I do this a lot about my home town. 
The place that has been my home for 23 years. where I had my most influential years, where I went to school, made life long friends, met my life partner, brought my son home to...
It's the place, that no matter where in the world I've been, I can't wait to get back to, as much as I might have wanted to leave.
It's where I first learned to drive, ride a horse, had my first part time job, went to my first night club, had my first kiss, also my first heartbreak.
It's where we all gathered for our school debs before heading off on a bus for one last hurrah with our teachers and classmates.
It's the place where I learned to stand on my own 2 feet, stand up for myself and be proud of who I am and where I'm from.

Cobh is such a pretty town, more so in the Summer months when the sun is shining and I love nothing more than walking "down town" of an afternoon, watching the boats in Cork Harbour, seeing Luke run straight for the playground in the promenade, getting a 99 from the BMC, driving around for ages trying to find a parking space and then feeling victorious when I finally do! 
Sure every town or village has it's bad points, same for every person but for any negative points there are so many more positive ones to focus on. 

I don't get many chances to take in my local surroundings with the busy everyday life routine especially when working in the city but when I do I love to remember just how nice our town is and how on many occasions the community spirit has been just what I've needed, how a walk out the 5 foot way to clear my head is all it took to make things seem brighter.
There's so much potential in this town and I hope for only good things to happen here, things that will keep the town going strong, things that will make it an even better place for my little boy to grow up in. I can only hope he'll have as many good memories as I do. 

If you are ever looking for an afternoon out, why not pay my town, an island if you will, a visit? Take a walk along the water front, grab a coffee and enjoy the surroundings.

Town train that will take you on a tour of the area, a big hit with the kids!

What's over there?! 

The Promenade, down town.

Luke considered being a sailor when a tall ship visited Cobh recently

Port of Cork

St Colmans Cathedral